This is an email I received from Dr. Ismail Zayid responding to statements made on CBC's program "This Morning."
 

Tarek Abouamin
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Ismail Zayid
To: Tarek Abouamin
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2000 1:10 PM
Subject: Fw: Re-writing Middle East History
 
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Ismail Zayid
To: thismorning@toronto.cbc.ca
Cc: Gabor Mate
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2000 3:14 PM
Subject: Re-writing Middle East History
 

Canada Palestine Association
P,O,Box 1085
Halifax, NS., B3J 2X1
Tel: 902 429 9100

The Producer,
"This Morning"
CBC Radio
8 Dec. 2000

Dear Sir/Madam

I heard, today on "This Morning" program, Ms. Shelagh Rogers interviewing Mr. Simon Rosenblum, of the "Canadian Jewish Congress" and Dr. Gabor Mate', member of "Canadians for a Just Peace".

Dr. Mate', a man of conscience and integrity, spoke as a Jew who cares for justice and humanity and answered many of the falsehoods that Israel and its unquestioning supporters, like Mr. Rosenblum, continue to propagate. One of these was again put forward by Mr. Rosenblum and must be corrected. This is the statement that, in June 1967, Israel was threatened by Arab armies and its attack against Egypt and invasion of The Sinai was a 'preventive war' , as President Nasser was planning to attack Israel. This is a total falsehood, to use a euphemism, and I will let Israel's own leaders' words tell it as it was.

General Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's Chief of Staff at the time, stated: " I do not think Nasser wanted war. The two divisions he sent to The Sinai would not have been sufficient to launch an offensive war. He knew it and we knew it" {Le Monde, Feb. 28, 1968}.

Mr. Levi Eshkol, Israel's Prime Minister at the time, stated : " The Egyptian layout in The Sinai and the general build up there testified to a military defensive Egyptian set-up, south of Israel" { reported in the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, Oct.18, 1967}.

Mr. Menachem Begin, when he was Prime Minister, addressing Israel's National Defence College, on Aug. 8, 1982, stated :{ in June 1967, we again had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in The Sinai did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him" { The New York Times, Aug. 21, 1982}. Perhaps Mr. Rosenblum should heed Mr. Begin's advice.

As to the story of extermination, Mr. Mordechai Bentov, cabinet minister at the time of the 1967 war, stated :" All this story of extermination has been a complete invention and has been blown up aposteriori to justify the annexation of new Arab territories".
{Alhamishmar, 14 April 1972}.

This tells it all, as to who planned and committed this war of aggression in June 1967. I believe your listeners are entitled and deserve to know the facts.

Finally, if we are to have peace in the Middle East, as Dr. Mate' said, Israel must comply with international law and Security Council resolutions and withdraw completely from all the illegally occupied territories including the Wset Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights and dismantle all the settlements, which are illegal. There is no need for negotiation or bargaining. This is the policy that was adopted with Iraqi illegal occupation of Kuwait.

Thank you for your attention, and I would be happy to speak on this subject.

Yours sincerely
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association.

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